SFOpera - Rigoletto


A curse shatters the lives of the hunchbacked court jester Rigoletto and his innocent daughter Gilda. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts this fast-moving tale of seduction, betrayal and bitter revenge, considered one of Verdi’s most memorable creations.

Music by Giuseppe Verdi | Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

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Running Time

Approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes with one intermission

Who Should See It

Great first opera. Fans of The
, Taken
and La Traviata.

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The Buzz

Quinn Kelsey’s “boorish, tortured performance, together with a voice rich and secure from bottom to high top, is incomparable."

The Guardian

“Fearlessly challenging orchestra and singers with brisk tempos and propulsive rhythms, Luisotti gave the proceedings a breathless urgency that was well suited to the drama.”

San Francisco Chronicle

Pene Pati  has “a lithe and radiant tone, deep theatrical instincts and plenty of charisma.”

San Francisco Chronicle


A court jester's love for his daughter is blinded by deadly revenge on the licentious Duke of Mantua. 

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Cast & Creative

Rigoletto Quinn Kelsey
Gilda Nino Machaidze*
The Duke of Mantua Pene Pati
Maddalena Zanda Švēde
Sparafucile Andrea Silvestrelli


May 31
June 6, 9, 14, 18, 22, and 27
July 1, 2017

Conductor Nicola Luisotti 1
Conductor Jordi Bernàcer 2
Director Rob Kearley*
Set Designer Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer Constance Hoffman
Lighting Designer Gary Marder
Choreographer Lawrence Pech
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

 * San Francisco Opera Debut

1May 31; June 6, 9, 14, 18, 22, and 27

2July 1

Previous performances of Rigoletto can be found in our Archive.


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This production is made possible, in part, by: The Bernard Osher Endowment Fund; Jan Shrem & Maria Manetti Shrem, through the Conductors Fund; and Joan and David Traitel, through the Great Singers Fund.


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Photo (top): San Francisco Opera production of Rigoletto/Cory Weaver